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A is for Apples

Stay in India and confused on which apples to use for baking. This post will help you figure it out. All about Apples and a recipe of Apple Cinnamon Hot Cross Buns as a bonus!!!
Course breads, brunch
Cuisine American, british


  • 325 g flour
  • 300 g whole wheat flour
  • 10 g yeast
  • 75 g brown sugar
  • Salt
  • 2 tsps Cinnamon
  • 50 g Butter
  • 250 ml Milk
  • 125 ml Water
  • 2 Apples peeled cored and finely chopped
  • 1 1 orange lemon Zest of and
  • 100 g Raisins

For the cross in the hot cross buns

  • 3 tbsps flour
  • 1 tbsp Water

For the glaze

  • 2 tbsps castor sugar
  • 2 tbsps Water


  • Mix flour, sugar, yeast, salt and spices in a mixing bowl. Keep aside (I use instant yeast, if using dry or fresh please proof the yeast)
  • Melt butter and let it cool a bit, add water and milk. Bring it to a lukewarm stage and add to the above mixture. Mix to combine
  • Add the apples, raisins and the citrus zest and knead well for about 10 minutes
  • Let it rise till it double for about 45 minutes to an hour
  • Knock back and shape the dough into buns
  • Let the buns rise again and when they have doubled, mix the water and flour for the criss cross and draw the cross on the buns using a piping bag
  • Bake at 220C for about 15 mins, take them out and brush with the sugar and water glaze and bake again for 5 minutes


Serve hot with tea or coffee and don't forget to come back tomorrow for seeing what is B for apart from Baking :)
My top picks for Apple Recipes
1. Apple Cinnamon Bread
2. Apple Pie Bread
3. Crunchy Caramel Apple Pie
4. Apple Pumpkin Soup (the child actually eats this with rice as curry)
5. Quinoa Salad with Apple and Almonds (I use foxtail millet instead of Quinoa here and its a hit)
6. Ginger and Green Apple Chutney (tastes awesome with dosa or parantha)
Interesting read - Surprisingly good ways to use apples
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